Navi Mumbai: A three-day-old baby girl born from a COVID-19 positive mother in Vashi on Monday has tested negative. The health department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Wednesday confirmed that there has been no transmission of the virus from mother to the new-born.
She is currently under the observation of doctors as she was birthed as a pre-matured baby. Since COVID-19 spread from China, there is no record of its transmission from a mother to her child during pregnancy.
Dr. Balasaheb Sonawane, chief health officer of NMMC said that we were very cautious while treating the mother as well as the baby girl. “We had immediately separated the baby girl from mother to prevent any chance of virus transmission,” said Dr. Sonawane. However, we had no idea about internal transmission which can be known only after the test.
“The test report confirmed that there was no internal transmission of the virus,” added Dr. Sonawane. Now, the civic health department’s entire focus is on the recovery of her mother.
“We are confident that her mother will be able to beat the virus with our support, we are trying our best,” said AB Misal, municipal commissioner of NMMC.
A team of doctors led by Dr. Rajesh Mhatre, a gynaecologist at the civic hospital in Vashi had carried out a very complicated c-section operation of a 34-year-old Ghansoli woman who had already tested positive.
The mother has dextrocardia, a rare congenital heart condition in which the heart is positioned toward the right side of the chest instead of the left, and this made the case more complicated for doctors.
She gave birth to a baby girl at the hospital following a 30- minute caesarean section operation. Dr. Sonawane said that this is the first case in Maharashtra of a COVID-19 positive patient delivering a baby.
“Now, this is another good news that the baby is tested negative,” said Dr. Sonawane. Meanwhile, a 72-year-old Nerul resident who was positive COVID-19 has tested negative on Wednesday. This is the fifth person in the city who recovered from the infection of the virus.
However, two more people were tested positive on Wednesday under the jurisdiction of NMMC. In Koparkhairane, two persons of a family have been tested positive of COVID-19. Now, the total number of positive patients under NMMC has reached 30.